Into exotic stuff? This case is for you...
2x Kereru. Velvet Boot
2x Bourbon Barrel Aged Arrogant Bastard
2x Vulcan. Blackberry Gose
1x Nomad Moka. Coffee Gose
1x Hallertau. Flemish Giant
1x Schneider Weisse. Aventinus Eisbock
1x Outlier Cartel. Wunderkammer
1x Verhaeghe. Duchesse de Bourgogne
1x North End. Pit Boss
Kereru. Velvet Boot
Belgian Dubbel | 7.5%
The unique flavour of a Belgian Dubbel is imparted by two ingredients- candi sugar and yeast. Candi sugar is more easily converted to alcohol by yeast and is the reason Dubbels and Tripels have a higher ABV without extra body. Combined with the dark malts, this makes for big caramel, brown sugar flavours. The Belgian yeast gives this Dubbel complex banana, clove and spice esters. Kereru describe the aroma of Velvet Boot as "rum soaked banana" and we can't think of a better analogy. If you could bear to wait, this beer will continue to increase in complexity over a few years in the cellar.
Bourbon Barrel Aged Arrogant Bastard
Strong Ale | 8.1%
I awake from a slumber that’s been anything but peaceful. I don’t take kindly to idling and I am anything but neutral. Life has nothing to do with killing time, and the knowledge that months have passed since the onset of my sequestering in this pitch-black oaken tomb (albeit a barrel flush with brilliant aromas of vanilla and char) does not sit well. But then comes a tingle followed by rejuvenating warmth, signs that something is different…something has changed…and for the better.
Vulcan. Blackberry Gose
Gose | 2.8%
The River Gose has flowed from the Harz Mountains and through the town of Goslar in Lower Saxony for a very very long time. As the area is extremely rich in minerals, and especially salt, it is natural that the river carried them into the local groundwater supply. Meaning that the water drawn from wells by the brewers of Goslar was a little salty. They added coriander to balance the flavour and Gose remained a very popular speciality in the region until it became all but forgotten in the mid 20th century with the popularity of pilsner and weissbier. Recent years have seen a huge resurgence of interest in the style with brewers all over the world creating their own versions. This Blackberry Gose is a contemporary take on the style. It is a delicate, light, dry and extremely refreshing beer and the subtle sweet and tart berry flavours compliment is beautifully. It may well be the perfect 'lawnmower beer' to slake your thirst and reward a job well done.
Nomad. Freshie Moka
Coffee Gose | 4.5%
Drawing on our original Freshie Salt & Pepper we wanted to combine 2 of our loves, coffee and beer. The idea came about by chance, when sitting in the brewery tatsing a fresh batch of Freshie with an espresso in hand. We poured the espresso into the beer just to see what would happen, and wowww.. Sounds strange, but tastes great! In the actual brew we then used midnight wheat to achieve a dark colour with light roasty flavours and then 20 litres of single origin fresh brewed Espresso from a local roasters in Manly. The Espresso giving a gentle coffee aroma and flavour on the pallet.
Hallertau. Flemish Giant
Belgian Tripel | 8.5%
The name Tripel comes from the strength- three times the amount of malt is used to make for a much stronger beer than the house style. The style is closely associated with Trappist Belgian breweries such as Westmalle, whose iconic Tripel is an inspiration here. There is lots of fresh malt sweetness from the mainly pilsner malt. Oats and wheat were also used to give it a well rounded mouthfeel and good head retention. As with all Tripels, the hero is the yeast with lots of spicy banana, clove, Christmas cake esters and phenols. It's a rich and complex beer to be savoured which changes in flavour as it warms. Give it a lively pour for a big, fluffy head.
Schneider Weisse. Aventinus Eisbock
Eisbock | 12%
The rich, complex Aventivus has been brewed by Schneider Weisse for 100 years. In the early 20th Century, the beer was not temperature controlled as it was transported around Bavaria and sometimes froze during the journey. Of course, water freezes long before alcohol so the result of this process was a concentrated, even more complex version of the beer. 15 years ago, the brewmaster decided to recreate this delicious ‘mistake’ with a special, controlled freezing process. The result is a unique beer with flavours of port, plum, banana and spicy clove with a touch or marzipan. This is a very indulgent beer best served at cellar temperature in a balloon glass with dark chocolate or some very ripe cheese. The Kelheim brewery, which was acquired by the family in 1927, is the oldest wheat beer brewery in Bavaria and wheat beer has been brewed there without interruption since its founding in the year 1607.
Outlier Cartel. Wunderkammer
Imperial Cream Ale | 9%
Technically, this beer is not a beer at all but a gruit- an unhopped ale made with herbs and spices which is what everybody drank before the the cultivation of hops became the norm in Europe. Some believe Martin Luther's Reformation of 1517 played a part in brewers embracing hops. The Outlier Cartel team started out with a plan to make a beer that tastes like an almond croissant. They brought together friends and family in the brewery to help them experiment with different blends of spices and other additions before landing on the perfect mix to compliment the strong Cream Ale. The result is big, flavour-filled and extremely unique with lots of marzipan, honey and caramel sweetness. Beyond the almond, cinnamon and vanilla flavours at the fore, there are lots of layers to explore as it warms up. The Cartel have strong Austrian connections and Wunderkammer is reminiscent of an Austrian Christmas. A perfect beer for the cellar, it will continue to develop over the next decade.
Brouwerij Verhaeghe. Duchesse de Bourgogne
Flanders Red Ale | 6.2% | Vichte, West Flanders. Belgium
The Duchesses is a truly unique and iconic beer. Belgian top-fermented reddish-brown ale is a blend of 8 and 18 months old beers following the careful maturation in oak casks. The cask ageing introduces wonderful oak and cherry aroma, with a hint of balsamic vinegar. It starts beautifully sweet and melts away into a soft, sour cherry-like beer known as a Flemish Red. The beer was named to honour Duchess Mary of Burgundy, the only daughter of Charles the Bold who was born in Brussels in 1457, and died in a horse riding accident. The Verhaeghe family brewery was founded in 1885 and is today run by forth generation brewers, brothers Peter & Karl Verhaeghe. Like many Belgian breweries, it was completely dismantled by the Germans during the First World War who stole the precious copper. This ruby red jewel is best is served in a chalice-shaped glass between 8 and 12°C.
North End. Pit Boss
Smoked Doppelbock | 7%
North End combined resources with the Myron Mixon Smoker at Salt and Wood Collective & Malteurop Malt from Cryermalt Malts to smoke malt over Manuka and Beechwood resulting in a lightly smokey bock. A bock is a strong lager made with dark malts that originated in Germany. A Doppelbock is an even stronger version with a fuller body and more intense flavour. As well as being smokey, Pit Boss is smooth, creamy and a perfect match for ribs or pulled pork.